Malka Tuti showcase (Katzele) & Lounes
Listen to Katzele from the Malka Tuti label for a showcase in the first hour of SSFB radio #20. Editor-in-chief of the SSFB blog Lounes follows up in the second hour of the show.
Of the countless tracks that make it to the airwaves each week at Red Light Radio, some leave a more lasting impression than others. From month to month, enjoy a sampling of favorite tracks heard on air, courtesy of the team at RLR. March’s picks include music by Sexy Soxy, Alek Lee and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
In everyday life Shane Burmania has the grateful task as event programmer for The Rest is Noise, a concert series for the weird and wonderful in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. He also curates programs in contemporary music for the Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Shane has a soft spot for any music with hints of cosmic, futuristic and transcendental sounds. Here are Shane’s picks for March. Sit back and enjoy.
I’d been planning to write a piece on Silvia for some time now. Yet despite several attempts, I could never quite see it through. Something had kept me from it, as if I wasn’t worthy to touch upon such a mysterious blast from the past. Perhaps it should’ve been kept there, in memories. But since Dark Entries (who else?) has released a reissue last month I thought I’d better get to writing it quick.
In the 20 years since Antal Heitlager co-founded Rush Hour, it has become so much more than the initial store and mail order service for more obscure house and techno records. In 1999, the record deals between Dutch artists and companies overseas led to the birth of the Rush Hour Recordings label, which has released hundreds of titles over the years. Today, their events for like-minded music lovers make it to major cities around the world such as Tokyo, Paris and London. I met up with Antal at the Rush Hour store – which has been upgraded to a much bigger location a bit further up the Spuistraat last year – to talk about how it all started and how Rush Hour came to be the household name it is today.
The paths Black Merlin’s music has taken him are just like the movie-magic he loves to inject into his productions – filled with a healthy dose of uncertainty and intrigue. We follow the work of this master of suspenseful dreamscapes as he leads us sleepwalking down some unfamiliar yet enticing roads. With playlist contributions by Thomas Reijerkerk.
For 25 years, Μелодия could be found on the sleeves of all domestic records and reissues in the former Soviet Union. It stands for “melody” in Russian, and is the name of the only record label in the socialist state. A mammoth state-run operation, Melodiya oversaw all aspects of record making and marketing and was at one time one of the largest record labels in the world. Today, it is the richest archive for music from the Soviet era, with more than 230,000 sounds on record. It is next to impossible to fully explore this musical vestige in a single article, but through the sharing of music, we may begin to skim the surface. For a brief introduction to electronic music released by the label, Guus van Bentum shares his finds.